Conception Convent

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This active convent, standing on the bank of the Moskva River right in the heart of the city, was founded in the 14th century. Many of its buildings have suffered varying degrees of fire damage over the centuries. The convent has been recently renovated and restored. Only the tiny gate-house Church of Our Saviour Not-Made-By-Hand, built in Naryshkin's Baroque style, was never touched by fire. Built at the end of the 17th century, this church is an officially recognized architectural landmark. The Rimsky-Korsakov family burial vault is in the basement of the gatehouse church. It will not take long to see the whole convent. It is a quiet place that blends in nicely into the backyards of Ostozhenka, a Moscow neighbourhood with much to see, where pompous modern structures stand side by side with old houses, such as Feodor Chaliapin's former home in Trety Zachatyevsky Pereulok (Trety Zachatyevsky Lane). Walking by the convent walls, some recent archaeological finds may come to mind: they found a mammoth tusk here along with ancient funeral accessories and a piece of old Russian fabric with the image of a unicorn.